Is Smartlipo Really Worth It?
I want to get my arms and stomach liposuctioned. I'm not overweight (I’m 5 ft tall, and I weigh 100 - 105 lbs), but I have tiny pockets of fat that I cannot get rid of with diet or exercise. I am pretty active--I run a minimum of 25 miles a week, and I go to yoga about 5 times a week. I am also only in my 20s, so I think my skin is pretty elastic.
I went to one PS for a consultation, and he recommended that I get SmartLipo. (He is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and an APS member.) He says I will achieve enhanced skin tightening and see much better results with SmartLipo, than with traditional liposuction. Since I am fairly active, I'd like to get back to my regular workout as soon possible, so the shorter recovery period of SmartLipo is also appealing.
However, I don't think I can really justify spending $9000 on SmartLipo (vs. about $5K-$6K on traditional liposuction) when I'm not overweight to begin with. Is SmartLipo really worth it, or is he just trying to make more money? Will I really heal much faster and achieve less discomfort with SmartLipo than traditional liposuction? Are the lasers that promote skin tightening in SmartLipo really going to make that much of a difference on me? Thanks for your help. Any input would be appreciated.